Saying that travelling changes your life is a big statement, but i honestly believe it does, even more so when you are young. And i'm sure if you ask any well traveled person, they'll agree that travelling has changed them in some way, usually for the better. Here's a few ways travelling will probably change you.
Travelling teaches you to enjoy the moment and live in the now, and really appreciate your time. Like seriously life moves fast. When you're in a day to day job it's sometimes difficult to see how quickly it actually moves, but when you're travelling and doing something different and awesome every day, it really hits you. Before you know it that day is going to be over, and you're going to be doing something else. I think this really makes you sit back and just enjoy what you're doing, who you are with, and where you are. Because before you know it, your trip is going to be over. This is something most travelers bring back with them, instead of looking constantly to the future and saying 'i can't wait for next week' or 'next month' as i'm sure you see loads of people say, you just enjoy what you're doing now and make the most of it, because before you know it'll be over.
Travelling also seriously makes you realise how lucky we actually are. To even have the opportunity to travel, like i personally hate the word luck, because most people that travel the world, worked damn hard to save and be able to do it. But when travelling to third world countries and places like India, Southeast Asia, Africa and some parts of South America, it really makes you appreciate how lucky we are just to have the opportunity to get a job, get on a plane, live in a house and i think this makes you genuinely happier. As you're more grateful for everything you have around you and the opportunities that come your way.
Becoming more of an open person is also a huge part of travelling. You will meet so many weird and wonderful people and experience so many different cultures, foods and ways of life. It really opens you up to what's out there. This makes you more accepting of people that are different, and allows you to see new ways of life, and also question the way you live your own life. Making you open to living your life in a different way and possibly even giving you a better quality of life. One that before you went travelling you didn't even know existed. I think being more open also makes you a genuinely nicer person as you're actually more accepting.
This is a huge one, travelling will make you a hell of a lot more confident. I think it's impossible to travel and not come back more confident. Even more so if you're travelling alone. You're going to have to introduce yourself to new people, ask for directions and ask how to do things. If you don't you'll really struggle. You will learn to be more talkative and open with people you've just met and just in general more outgoing. Just doing these things by yourself in general, will make you more confident. You will have to deal with different situations that you've never dealt with before, go to places you've never been, haggle locals down on prices so you don't get ripped off. All of which will make you much more confident when dealing with people and new situations.
I honestly think travelling also makes you more employable. As said previously, you will be meeting new people from all over the world, learn about their lives, become more talkative and confident, have more to say, and more experiences and just in general be better at talking to new people. When in job interviews this will make you a lot more interesting, you'll be able to maintain conversation better with people, learn about the interviewers interests, and get them excited about meeting you. It could also give you a talking point as you will have experienced a lot more, and have things to relate to. For example the interviewer may ask 'Tell me about when you've had to work as part of a team' and you could say, well once i was backpacking through Brazil up a mountain and we got lost, we had to work as a team to find our way back down. Incorporate all of our language knowledge, and navigation skills and find our way back to the hotel. Or they may ask 'give an example of when you helped someone'. And you could be like well i was backpacking through Thailand and i met someone who had had his phone stolen and couldn't find his way back to his hotel, i knew the area quite well so took him back to his hostel so he got there safe. You can use your own travel stories to answer the interviewer's questions, making you stand out and seem a hell of a lot more interesting, and able to answer their questions in the first place.
Travelling also makes you a hell of a lot more adventurous and willing to try new things, and in turn will make you more fun. You'll be used to trying new foods, doing new things and taking part in things you probably wouldn't have done before. It'll make you a more outgoing person in general. As well as that, when travelling you have to be patient, whether it is waiting for buses in India, queuing up in airports, or looking for a hostel late at night, i can assure you, your patience will grow, the longer you travel. And i think this is an incredibly useful tool for a lot of things in life, because most things take patience whether it's a relationship, a business or even school. That long patience is bound to pay off eventually.
In my opinion travelling also makes you dream bigger and have bigger aspirations. You meet all these cool people from different places, and it makes you realise there is more to life than a steady 9-5 job or a better place to live than your little home town. I think this is largely because it opens you up to new opportunities and ways of living, and makes you realise that there isn't really a 'norm', when you look at the world as a whole, and each place you visit is very different, and has a very different way of life. You also see what is possible if you work hard, and the opportunities that are out there, and this in general makes you dream big.
Not only does travelling change your life in all these ways, but you meet friends for life, all over the world. When travelling you will meet friends from every country you can imagine. And they will often be really good mates, as you've travelled with them, experienced these new things together, been on crazy adventures together and really got to know them. And quite often you will re-meet with them if visiting their home city, or if you are planning on going to similar places. I have done load of times, stayed with friends in America which i met in Thailand, or met friends in Amsterdam that i met in Australia. One things for sure though, when travelling you're definitely going to make some new friends for life.